Cleveland: TLM alert

From a reader:

I was wondering if you would mind announcing this:
On December 26th a Solemn High Mass will be celebrated in St. Stephen’s Church in Cleveland, to honor our patron saint.  It will be celebrated by the Rev. Bede Kotlinski, O.S.B.  I do not know the names of the deacon and subdeacon.
Mass will be at 6:30 P.M., followed by Benediction.  St. Stephen’s is located at:
1930 W 54th St
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 631-5633
Note:  Remember there is also a sung High Mass every Sunday at 9:30 A.M., and a Low Mass every Wednesday at 6:30 P.M., followed by a Holy Hour and Benediction.

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  1. Geo.F. says:

    This is wonderful. The TLM that our family attends is often celebrated by priests of the Benedictine order. In addition to being the guardians of Gregorian Chant, these men are brilliant scholars and the homilies are dynamic, poigniant and they’re able to present lofty theological concepts in a way easily understood by the average layman.

    Benedictine Abbey

    My only negative on this Cleveland TLM alert would be that more parish TLM masses be said in “prime time”(i.e.Sunday Morning) if one is orthodox and observing the fast from midnight 6:30 PM is a long time to wait !

  2. supertradmom says:

    The Benedictines of Conception Abbey will have a TLM sometime early in the New Year-I think in February-details to come.

  3. Thankful says:

    Thank you for posting this, I will be attending now :-)

  4. Dan says:

    This is great news! I just started attending the 9:30am TLM at St Stephen’s late this summer, and have been looking forward to going back since I’ve been at the University of St Andrews in Scotland this semester. I’ll be coming home on December 21st so this is definatly something to look forward to! Deo gratias! (ps: Does anyone know about what the future might hold for St Stephens? I heard it was on the dioscean list of churches to close in the forthcoming year…I certaintly hope and pray that this is NOT the case…)

  5. Dave says:

    I’ll be visiting relatives in Cleveland for Christmas, and I’ll make every effort to attend. St. Stephen’s is a magnificent building. The wood carving and stained glass are some of the best I’ve ever seen, and it was never wreckovated.

    And yes, I’ve heard that St. Stephen’s will be closing next year. If Bishop Lennon spent half as much time and energy promoting vocations as he does on the “parish cluster” process, they wouldn’t need to close nearly as many. But of course, that would require him to act more like a bishop and less like a CEO. I guess he wasn’t trained for that in Boston.

    I hear some parishes are already snatching up artwork and furnishings from ones that are expected to close.

  6. Cathomommy says:

    Just so interested readers know, the TLM is also celebrated in Cleveland at Immaculate Conception Parish on Superior Ave at noon on Sundays. Another gorgeous church that somehow escaped all wreckovations. We haven’t been to St Stephen’s yet; will have to check it out while there is still time!

  7. Willebrord says:

    IMO, I don’t think St. Stephen’s will be closed. There’s too many negative factors, such as that it’s a historic landmark, it’s financially solvent, and that the property isn’t likely to go for much, as opposed to some other churches. Furthermore, it’s right next to a school (formerly with a convent, as well), and the neighborhood isn’t one of the nicest (though it’s certainly not a “bad neighborhood”).
    And it’s perfect now for the TLM. Still has the high altar in place, and the side altars. Has everything you need for the TLM, and everything to make it look good (the vestments, for example are beautiful). Not to mention the high pulpit… why don’t more churches use those?

    Prayers for the fate of this church would be appreciated.

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